When looking at education policies and board by-laws, examine the language. How they use language is going to determine the reality of what you can advocate for.
Process Language – focuses on the services being provided
Example) The school will provide parents an opportunity to participate in their child’s IEP meeting.
Outcome Language – focuses on what the services are doing.
Example) 80% of parents will attend their child’s IEP meeting and provide feedback.
** Outcome language is measurable.
Language to highlight:
Should, could, would
May vs. Must
Require to vs. Will offer